What Small Businesses Need To Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Daniel E. Harrell is a Shareholder and Chair of the firm’s General Litigation department.
Daniel’s practice focuses primarily on labor and employment litigation and counseling, and non-compete and restrictive covenant litigation.
PENSACOLA (March 16, 2020) –
This weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes many directives that apply to employers in response to the COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) pandemic, including paid sick leave for employees affected by coronavirus. This Act passed the House with a vote of 363-40, and it is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Trump, potentially as early as this afternoon. Should the bill be enacted into law, it will take effect no later than 15 days after the date of enactment and will be applicable for one year.
Among issues addressed by this Act, changes for FMLA eligibility will apply to private employers with fewer than 500 employees and allow eligible employees to use emergency FMLA under certain coronavirus-related scenarios. Key facts to know include the following:
Although the Act contains numerous other provisions and are subject to being changed prior to enactment (assuming the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law), small businesses must be aware of these potential changes, especially in light of the school closures that are occurring in the State of Florida.
As always, we at Clark Partington remain available to answer any questions you may have regarding the ever-changing legal environment the coronavirus pandemic poses. Likewise, we will provide additional updates as they occur.
Clark Partington’s employment team is equipped to answer questions related to your specific situation. With offices in Pensacola, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Tallahassee, and Orange Beach (Alabama), we are a full-service firm, serving the Gulf Coast. To reach one of Clark Partington’s employment attorneys, contact Daniel Harrell at (850) 208-7033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Clark Partington:
Clark Partington is the largest business focused firm in the Florida panhandle with offices in Pensacola, Destin, Grayton Beach & Tallahassee. The firm also maintains a presence in South Alabama with an Orange Beach office. Since 1976 Clark Partington has grown to over forty lawyers and has served the people and businesses of Florida through an innovative and collaborative approach to practicing law. Our lawyers are consistently recognized for their service to the profession and excellence in the courtroom. More information about the firm’s practice, its attorneys, and recognitions may be found at www.clarkpartington.com.